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Are Apple Watch’s Fitness Features Right For You?
Published on June 22, 2015
Fitness wearables and health tracking devices have made extraordinary progress over the past few years. Considering that more than a third of Americans cite walking and running as their main fitness activity, devices that track our movement have the promise of becoming close companions as they gain popularity with the masses.
After the much-anticipated launch of the Apple Watch, reviews from consumers and tech geeks alike have rolled in. Billed as the most ambitious, well-designed smart watch on the marketing, there’s no question the Apple Watch is cool tech toy. However, is it the necessary fitness tool you’ve been waiting for? It depends.
Here’s what you need to know about the Apple Watch’s fitness features:
- The Activity App – The Activity app is like a fitness command center, offering a daily snapshot of your activity in the form of three categories: move, exercise, and stand. The app helps you answer questions like “how many steps did I take?” or “how many calories have I burned?” Metrics like speed and heart rate are also available through the Activity App. In many ways, the function isn’t much different from what you’d get with other popular wearables. If you’re just interested in counting your steps, then the Activity App is where you’ll spend most of your time.
- The Workout App – The Workout app is where you go to get some serious work done. If the Activity app is a daily command center, the Workout app is your rocket fuel. There are eight different workouts available, including running, elliptical work, cycling and an “other category.” The downside to using the Workout app to track your “other” exercises like hiking or weight lifting is these workouts are tracked like they are the same as brisk walks. This might not be ideal for the more serious fitness gurus out there.
- Synching With Popular Apps – Another popular fitness feature of the Apple Watch is its ability to sync with popular fitness apps like MyFitnessPal, Strava, MyPlate and LiveStrong. If you’re a frequent user of these apps or others, the Apple Watch makes it even easier to integrate them into your daily life.
In summary, the Apple Watch seems to have something for everyone – but if you’re not ready to shell out the hundreds of dollars for the first generation device, there are many other wearables that offer similar fitness monitoring activity. Whether you’re a casual walker or serious fitness fiend, anyone can benefit from having a deeper connection to their daily activities and exercise through wearable devices!
Nothing in this article is a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult with your medical provider prior to starting any specific exercise or diet and for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition.